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Vikings in Co. Louth

  The Midlands Viking Symposium begins in Dublin tomorrow and one of the more interesting talks being presented is by Eamonn P. Kelly (National Museum of Ireland), in which he discusses the results of a recent archaeological excavation carried out at Annagassan, Co. Louth. Annagassan, or Linn Duchaill, is the site of one of the […]

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Bog Butter find from Co. Offaly

Two county Co. Offaly men are in the media spotlight this morning after uncovering a large quantity of bog butter. Brian Clancy and his uncle Joe unearthed the find while working at Ballard Bog, near Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Tuesday. The bog butter was found in a large wooden vessel measuring 0.3m (1ft) in diameter […]

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Halberds and Crane dances, a new theory.

  Just after reading a very interesting article in the latest issue of Archaeology Ireland (Spring 2011). The article discusses how the crane, a large and colourful bird which is related to the heron, was once very common in Ireland, only becoming extinct c. 300 years ago. The authors, Lorcan O’ Toole and Ronan O’ Flaherty, suggest that this impressive […]

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Hillfort excavation and community archaeology

Details of an intriguing excavation at a British hillfort can be seen in the links below.  Although the the excavation findings were extremely significant and included evidence of a massacre, what is even more interesting from an Irish perspective was the way the excavation was carried out. It involved local community groups – including 400 school kids –  and professional archaeologists working side by […]

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Neolithic house, Enniscorthy

Recent excavations by TVAS  archaeology have uncovered the remains of a large neolithic house just outside Eniscorthy. Details below.   http://www.enniscorthyecho.ie/news/mhsngbidid/ Wexford’s oldest house’ uncovered at local site WHAT IS being regarded by experts as the site of one the oldest residential homes in Co. Wexford dating back to 3600 BC has been discovered during an archaeological dig along […]

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Midlands Viking Conference

  The Midlands Viking Symposium will take place in Dublin this year on Saturday 30th. April! Viking Age Ireland has become one of the most fertile and interesting areas of research in Viking Studies in the past decades. The newly  discovered site at Annagassan (Co. Louth), as well as recent excavations, such as Woodstown (Co. Waterford) […]

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Bronze Age dugout canoe, circa 2200 BC

  A history of Ireland in 100 objects Bronze Age dugout canoe by Fintan O’Toole (taken from the Irish Times Link) It is so long – 15m in all – that it cannot be photographed as a whole inside the National Museum of Ireland. The best image goes back to 1902, when it was taken in […]

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